This weekend's family death march took us to the Kolomenskoe Estate, south of Moscow proper. It isn't tops on the average tourist list - there are so many other more well-known historic locations around Moscow - but it's definitely worth a visit.
Tucked into a bend in the Moscow River, Kolomenskoe is home to some cool old buildings, including the Church of the Ascension, which was built in 1532 to commemorate the birth of Ivan the Terrible, whom I'm certain didn't earn his nickname until he was at least two years old. But yeah, he wasn't the nicest guy to ever rule Russia. Probably not the terrible-est, either. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best know for its tent-shaped roof, which was the first of its kind to be built in all of Russia.
|When my kids were born, I celebrated with a big cup of coffee or two. Ivan's dad built this church.|
|Another church on the grounds. Because Moscow.|
|Same church, up close.|
Peter the Great's little wooden house was moved here from elsewhere in Russia. It was built in the 1700s, but Kyra and I liked it because we're currently reading the Little House on the Prairie series, and it looked like a bigger version of the log cabin Pa built on the prairie back in the 1800s.
|Little House on the Dvina.|
|Peter became tsar when he was around 10 years old, but what he really loved was shipbuilding and sailing. Hence the anchors.|
|He was 6'10" tall. Not quite as tall as this statue, but still pretty gigantic, especially back in the day.|
|One of many oak trees on the estate. The trees in this grove are 400-600 years old, so they've witnessed quite a lot of intrigue.|
|So many churches, so little time.|
|Yes. I do believe that's another church.|
|The Moscow River, with the southern edge of the city visible in the distance.|
|Not everyone in the family is tired of snow yet.|